Frequent school closures affect studies in border areas

Little Amarjeet asks: “How could I become an IAS officer, when my school remains shut for days together?

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu, Publish Date: May 27 2018 12:17AM | Updated Date: May 27 2018 12:17AM
Frequent school closures affect studies in border areasGK Photo

12-year-old Amarjeet Singh of border village Dag in Jammu province, feels missing a day in the school takes him apart from his goal to become an IAS officer.

Amarjeet’s school has been closed by the authorities as a precautionary measure amid Indo-Pak border flare-up.

Little Amarjeet asks: “How could I become an IAS officer, when my school remains shut for days together? 

“My mother always guides me to become an IAS officer, but how this will happen when I am not able to study,” he further asks.

Amarjeet, who studies in 5th standard, at government school Dag, is presently putting up in a relief camp at Vijaypur with his parents and hundreds of other families from adjoining the villages.

Sitting in a corner of a room at the shelter home, the children of village Nanga, Kamor, Rangur, Keso, Chak Paras, Barota, Dag, Nathwal, Bakha Chak, Avtra, Chak Juar, Rasampur, Avtal and others, are playing video games on mobile phones or having fun with others. 

As per officials, at least 200 border schools with average roll of 50 students have been closed for last two weeks.

The border children, largely reticent, said they want to go to school but it’s impossible during shelling.

Ravi Kumar, a 7th class student said, “We had internal assignment test at the school last week, but it was canceled due to firing.

The children asked how could they study when their schools were closed?

The children said, “We have heard that the government will provide us with plots in Samba and Jammu to construct homes so that we could shift there, whenever there is border shelling.”

They also want government to make alternative arrangement for their schooling.

 

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